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blue Artist Point-Point Sublime Trail


1.3 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 410' 125 m
Descent: -247' -75 m
High: 7,897' 2,407 m
Low: 7,673' 2,339 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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Trail shared by Tom Carter

A secluded trail renowned for its sensational canyon colors.

Tom Carter

Features River/Creek · Views


To reach Sublime Point, follow the main trail to Artist Point, but continue straight ahead where the trail to the point veers to the left and descends the stairs. Shortly after, the trail leaves the paved path and becomes a singletrack trail. You'll have company on the first 0.6 miles of this trail. After that, a steep 200-foot climb discourages all but serious hikers.

Approximately 0.6 miles beyond Artist Point, the trail to Ribbon Lake is passed. To reach Sublime Point continue straight along the rim trail another 0.7 miles to the trail's end. Here the colors fade and the trees begin to take over the canyon, but the canyon is deeper and stands well over 1,000 feet above the river.

Although it affords no views of the falls, this section of the rim trail is renowned for its sensational display of colors -- deep oranges and reds, pastel pinks and yellows. Hundreds of thousands of years before the canyon was formed, there existed here an ancient thermal basin. Geothermal springs weakened the rock and allowed this canyon to be cut. These springs are also responsible for the beautiful multi-hued rocks. The hot water dissolved subterranean minerals and brought them to the surface and chemically altered rhyolite lava into bright colors.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Jun 19, 2019
jeff nye
Jun 7, 2019
Ryan Gillikin
18h 40m
Jun 4, 2019
William Kleeberger
Added Ribbon Lake/Silver Cord Cascade trails. 6mi — 3h 15m
Oct 18, 2018
Kayla Champagne
Sep 23, 2018
Volker S.
Sep 12, 2018
Stephen Hambleton
Aug 7, 2018
Corene Hess
Jul 25, 2018
Patti Roadtripper
The trail starts right at artist point. Offers beautiful views of the canyon away from the crowds. Be aware of the steep drop offs on this trail 1.3mi

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